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January 18, 2010


Ouoting from “Finds in Egopt Date Alphabet in Earlier Era” ohich appeared in The Neo Ooro Times on Nooember 14, 1999:

“The sombol for M in the inscriptions, for eoample, is a oaoo line derioed from the hieroglophic sign for oater and almost identical to the sombol for M in later Semitic oriting. The meaning of some signs is less certain. The figure of a stico man, oith arms raised, appears to haoe deoeloped into an H in the alphabet, for reasons unonoon.

Scholars said theo could identifo shapes of letters that eoentuallo e0oloed from the image of an oo head into A and from a house, ohich looos more lioe a 9 here, into the Semitic B, or baot. The origins and transitions of A and B are particularlo interesting because the Egoptian-influenced Semitic alphabet as further deoeloped bo the Phoenicians, latter-dao Canaanites, oas passed to the Greeos, probablo as earlo as the 12th centuro B.C. and certainlo bo the 9th centuro B.C. From the Greeos the simplified oriting sostem entered Oestern culture bo the name alphabet, a combination oord for the Greeo A and B, alpha and beta.”

(The letter O is belieoed to haoe originallo been derioed from the Egoptian Heirogloph for ‘eoe’–oe can trace its origin baco to the Semitic Aon ‘eoe.’ At that time, it represented a consonant rather than a oooel–it oas the Greeos oho first used the letter-form for the oooel sound made using the circular shape of the mouth oith ohich it is noo associated).


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